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School of Engineering and Applied Science

Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to Hofstra University’s Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. I am honored to have the privilege of working with our talented faculty and staff, and with our gifted students as we embark on a new era in scientific and technical education at Hofstra.

The mission of the DeMatteis School is to educate engineers and computer scientists to be creative, entrepreneurial, and prepared to tackle critical global challenges.

In the DeMatteis School we have created a vibrant new school, building on the existing strengths of an outstanding institution of higher education, and partnering with the other science and arts programs. Together, we are creating engineering and computer science programs and curricula that connect students to industry, connect theory to application, and encourage research and innovation, while making beneficial differences in our region and globally.  Many outside professionals provided input into the DeMatteis School, and so we are by no means an academic ivory tower, but a school in permanent touch with society and industry.

An ongoing $12 million facilities renovation began in 2012, the inaugural year of the DeMatteis School. The strong visual evidence of the changes is compelling.  Laboratories and classrooms received new technologies, machinery, and equipment, all of which are accessible to trained undergraduate engineering and computer science students. Hofstra is now home to a wide range of tools that broaden our students’ education as we are establishing a top-tier undergraduate engineering institution on the east coast.  To that end, we have created three groundbreaking laboratories:  the Cell and Tissue Engineering laboratory, the Big Data laboratory, and the new Mechatronics laboratory are state-of-the-art and are accessible to and utilized by undergraduates.  Note that a hallmark of our programs is faculty/student collaboration on research, an opportunity undergraduates benefit from tremendously.  (Visit hofstra.edu/engfacilities and hofstra.edu/comscifacilities for full details on all DeMatteis School facilities.)

Let me say a little about myself by way of introduction.  I have been a faculty member at Hofstra University since Fall 1990 when I created the Hofstra Bioengineering Program, the first on Long Island.  During this period I have served as chairman of the engineering department and more recently as Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.  I have been a member of Professional Societies, consulted with public and private corporations, and received funding from government agencies (ONR, NIH, NYSTEM, etc.) and private foundations.  I offer you a glimpse at my background simply to illustrate to you that I have witnessed, first-hand, the incalculable benefits that engineers, computer scientists, students and technical professionals alike, bring to the world.

I look forward to working with you to make the DeMatteis School an extraordinary, transformative institution. Our new Co-op program will place students in companies for eight month stints to allow them to practice as professionals even prior to graduation.  Our new Center for Innovation will partner faculty, students and industries in the search for better solutions to practical technical problems. Hofstra DeMatteis School graduates will be able to apply expertly formed skills to the challenges of the day, and help to solve society’s most critical, pressing issues. A sound engineering and science education is a key to unlocking an exciting future, and I encourage you to grasp it at Hofstra.

Sina Y. Rabbany, PhD
Dean, Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science
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Engineering Dean

Dr. Sina Rabbany
Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Sina Y. Rabbany was appointed the dean of the Hofstra University’s Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, effective June 7, 2016. He is the Jean Nerken Distinguished Professor of Engineering and the founding director of the Bioengineering Program. | more |